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26 April 2009 @ 07:02 pm
Anyone else going to Montreal for Worldcon? I just got tickets on Priceline for $380 (bid $300, $80 in fees), arriving the afternoon of Thursday August 6, leaving the afternoon of Monday August 10, SFO to YUL via Cincinnati.

Would be nice to room with someone. I'll check the Anticipation group next.

P.S. Next year in Melbourne!
Current Location: Oakland CA
Current Mood: excited
Kevin Standlee: Manga Kevinkevin_standlee on April 27th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
What's the most you would pay to attend an SF convention of any sort, then?

I'm not trying to be sarcastic, honestly. I am one of those people who thinks long and hard about Worldcon expenses, and I'm not thrilled at how expensive they've become. (The price has increased at roughly twice the rate of inflation from 1984 onward.) Using 1984 (when I attended my first Worldcon) as a baseline and assuming only inflation, the cost of an at-the-door membership would today be around US$130. Would you pay that much? If not, how low would it have to go. Compare with the cost of ~$75 at-the-door for four-day SF cons like BayCon.

There's a lot of reasons that Worldcons cost so much. The main one is that it's a stand-alone event every year, so you have all of your start-up costs, never have any backup, can't build up a reserve or re-use anything, and you tear it all down after the event is over. It's sort of like the Olympics that way. Also, the convention is almost exactly the wrong size. If it grew to >10,000 people or shrunk to <2,500, the price would drop, but where it sits now (5000 +/- 1500 for most North American and European Worldcons), it's stuck in a fixed-cost rut.